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協力:キネマ旬報映画総合研究所 Akira Kurosawa and The Seven Samurai (1954)  
講 師 スザンネ・シェアマン
明治大学教授
コード 06007
定 員 -
日 程 2006/5/18 曜 日 木曜日 回 数 全1回
時 間 18:30 〜20:00 対 象 一般 教材費 -
受講料
2,000円
認定単位 -
In the rankings of the best films of all times, The Seven Samurai usually has one of the first places. Even now, this film stuns us by its power.
The story itself is quite simple: In the 16th century, a small farmers's village tries to protect itself against an annual raid of bandits by hiring seven masterless samurai. The samurai defeat the bandits, but four of them die. After the battle, the farmers return to rice planting - while the samurai have no place to go.
However, this story is told with a breath-taking, even overwhelming, yet well-balanced technique (e. g. slow motion in fighting scenes, multi-camera use). And many details enrich the film and make it entertaining. Even in its full length of 3 hours and a half, the film does not seem too long. The Seven Samurai is a magnificent example of how to tell a story.
Beside entertainment value and an elaborate narrative, The Seven Samurai gives - like all Kurosawa films - philosophical insights. For a short while, the farmers and the samurai have the same purpose (fight the bandits), but their positions are profoundly different. By juxtaposing them, Kurosawa asks for the meaning of our existence.
Kurosawa disposed over more than the double budget of a normal film - and again, he overdraw it by the double. The Japanese critics at that time did not appreciate the film as today and placed it in third place in the Kinema Junpo ranking of the best films of the year. The film was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Art Direction).

※この授業は英語で行われます
Prof.Susanne Schermann,

講師:
Prof.Susanne Schermann,
film researcher


Born in Vienna, Austria. Studied Fine Arts at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Art History at the Sorbonne University in Paris, and Film Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo. PhD in Film Studies from Waseda University (doctoral thesis in Japanese on the director Mikio Naruse, published by Kinema Junpo in Tokyo). Since 1999, professor at Meiji University in Tokyo. She has published many articles on Japanese and foreign film.

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